The mascots had their own trading cards in 2004. They were pretty slick - nice aqueous coating on the front, but didn't feel much like a trading card on the back. Actually, they didn't feel anything like a trading card on the back... but maybe memory fails me. I'll dig one up and scan it in. Well, later, not now... gotta get back to work.
After they approved the character art, I whipped out a few background designs. This first one was one of the (I think) three I gave them to choose from:
This is the final.